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Exciting Rain-Delayed Finals from Michigan Held at NMCA Ohio Event

Posted By: Mary Lendzion
Written by Mary Lendzion
Photos by Rudy Rouweyha

When relentless rain rolled in at the 2nd Annual Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA Power Festival presented by TorqStorm Superchargers in July at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Michigan, the decision was made to finish the race at the NMCA All-American Nationals presented by Sick the Magazine, Aug. 26-28 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
It was well worth the wait.
As always, VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod racers were enthralling while putting down extremely peppy passes in their cars. Among them were Randy Merrick and Jason Hamstra, who were prepared for a showdown. They both put an .051 reaction time on the board before leaping off the starting line, and Merrick muscled to the win with a 3.67 in his Corvette after Hamstra was forced to lift in his Camaro.
Vince Khoury and Bill Garrock, both of Michigan, were close at the hit in ARP Nitrous Pro Street, and moments later, Khoury made it to the finish line first with a 4.43 in his Firebird, and Garrock turned in a 4.56 in his Grand Am.

Two talented racers, Tripp Carter and James Betz, belted into their Mustang Cobra Jets for the final round of Factory Super Cars eliminations, and Carter won the super-close race with a starting line advantage and a 7.82 to Betz’s quicker 7.81.
The final round of Dart NA 10.5 eliminations, featuring Robbie Blankenship of Florida and Joe Clemente of New Jersey, was a nail-biter, as Blankenship’s Mustang rocketed off the starting line and Clemente’s Mustang made a mad move. Blankenship won with a 7.80 and Clemente, who did a commendable job of controlling his car, clocked an 8.13.
In Chevrolet Performance presented by Scoggin Dickey Parts Center, Haley Burkhammer, who debuted her beautiful blue Camaro earlier this year, hauled to a 9.98 to defeat Glenn Pushis, who powered to a 10.03 in his Camaro. “It was a long time coming, since I took off for two years and then placed second a couple of times this year,” said Burkhammer, of Arkansas. “I couldn’t be more excited. We’ve worked hard to get this new car to be competitive, and we are finally where we need to be.”
In NMCA Edelbrock Xtreme Street/NMRA VP Racing Madditives Renegade, multi-time champion Joel Greathouse, who made the trip from Kentucky, gunned to a 4.56 in his Mustang to outrun tough opponent and New Yorker, Bill Trovato, who trapped a 4.64 in his Camaro.

Randall Running and Bruce Lang both had off-pace passes in the final round of Fastest Street Car Super Stock. Randall, who was dialed 9.34 in his Achieva, arrived at a 9.71 to upset Bruce Lang, who landed at 9.69 on a 9.34 dial in his Barracuda.
Vance Cummins and Jim Kaekel rolled into the beams for the Fastest Street Car Magazine Stock final round of eliminations, and Cummins popped off a perfect .000 reaction time on his way to the win over Kaekel, who illuminated the red light.
Remarkable racers Doug Duell and Bruce Lang lined up for the final round of eliminations in Quick Fuel Technology Nostalgia Super Stock, and while they recorded comparable reaction times, Duell drove to the win with a dead-on 9.25 in his Fury while Bruce was just two over with a 9.77 on a 9.75 in his Barracuda. “I’m super-happy to win the Quick Fuel Technology Nostalgia Super Stock Michigan race,” said an enthusiastic Duell. “It’s my second win of the year, and it gives me the points lead with just two races left.”
In Detroit Truetrac Nostalgia Muscle, where the cars are as cool as they are classic, Jerry Stamps drove his Duster to an 11.77 on an 11.75 index to defeat Noah Winters, who dipped under his 10.75 index oh-so-slightly with a 10.74 in his Nova.

In the all-Mustang MagnaFuel Open Comp final, Taylor Dietsch paired a .004 reaction time with an off-the-throttle 9.41 on an 8.96 dial to defeat Mike Winters, who turned on the red light.
Casey Martin and Cody Poston faced each other for the LME Street King final round of eliminations, and Martin won despite a break out time of 10.24 on a 10.25 as Poston put on the dreaded red light.
The NMCA sincerely congratulates all of the winners of the rain-delayed race.
Please watch for a separate race wrap for the NMCA All-American Nationals presented by Sick the Magazine. 
NMCA champions will be crowned at the final event of the season, the 21st Annual NMCA World Street Finals presented by Chevrolet Performance, Sept. 22-25 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in Indiana.
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